Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Missing Tuesday - Angela Marie Finger

Angela Marie Finger disappeared from Las Vegas, NV on June 25, 2006.  She may be missing by choice, or she may be held against her will.

Born 11/8/1983, Angie is the daughter of Michelle and Patrick Finger. She has a brother, Josh, and a sister, Jen. Angie was employed as a cage cashier at the Monte Carlo casino in Las Vegas; she worked for the Monte Carlo hotel and casino for two years and had been promoted twice. Her family describes her as bright, sweet, and close to them.



All that changed when Angie met a man named Craig Raether on the Internet. Raether said he was 27 years old, and that his parents had been killed in a car accident. After meeting online, Raether came to Las Vegas to meet Angela in person in May 2006, and also met her mother, Michelle. Michelle disliked him from the start and suspected he was lying about his age and background. She describes him as smooth and manipulative, and believes that he may have gotten Angie involved with drugs. Raether proposed to Angie the day after meeting her. Although her parents did not like Raether, their opinions had little impact on Angie.

Shortly after meeting Raether, Angela’s personality changed; she began dressing provocatively and acting disrespectfully to her parents. Michelle and Angie argued frequently. Angie and her parents went out for dinner and bowling on Father’s Day (June 18, 2006), and began to discuss her brother Josh’s upcoming wedding. Michelle indicated to Angie that her new boyfriend was not welcome at the wedding, which triggered a huge argument and Angie stopped speaking to her mother. That was the last time her family saw Angie.

Michelle went on a planned vacation to Florida and attempted to contact Angie several times while she was out of town. When she returned, she decided to go visit Angie at her condo. When she arrived, she discovered that the condo was completely cleaned out. The phone was disconnected and the family had no way to contact Angie. She had also walked off her job. Her parents heard that she had moved in with her boyfriend and an older woman, but they did not see or hear from her for a year.

They were frantic with worry and began digging for any information they could find. Michelle located a woman who had shared an apartment with Raether and said that he had tried to get her to go against her parents’ wishes but that she had refused. Angie’s parents contacted the Las Vegas Metro Police and gave them the information that they had collected, but nothing came of their efforts.  In 2007, Michelle Finger had a heart attack.  Her greatest fear while recovering was that she would die without knowing what happened to Angie.  She decided to devote her life to finding her daughter.

In May 2007, Michelle was able to contact the real Craig Raether through the Classmates.com website. Craig said that the real name of man that Angie was with was William Matthew Smolich. In 2006, Smolich was actually 37 years old, not 27 years old as he told Angie and her family. Craig Raether was a former friend of William Smolich, and Smolich stole his identity; Smolich also used the alias Shawn Odow. He was a convicted pedophile wanted in Colorado for failing to register as a sex offender. Smolich was also wanted on charges in Arizona.

Craig’s information confirmed Michelle’s worst fears. Wanting to help Michelle find her daughter and to stop Smolich from using his identity, Craig began doing some investigating of his own. Within a few days, he sent Michelle links to a number of porno websites that Smolich operated and asked if the girl featured on the site was Angie. Although it was heartbreaking for Michelle to look at the sites, she confirmed that it was indeed Angie.

Angie’s mother combed through the websites and found a Colorado telephone number listed on one site. When she dialed the number, Smolich answered; she called him by his real name and demanded to speak with Angie. Smolich apparently transferred the call to another number and stayed on the line when Angie answered. Michelle quickly told her Smolich’s real name and that he was a convicted sex offender. She asked Angie where she was and told her she would come and get her. About ten seconds later, the phone line went dead. Michelle tried calling again repeatedly, but the number would go directly to voicemail. After Michelle’s phone call, Smolich took his websites offline. After October 2007, all traces of Angie and Smolich vanished – it was like they fell off the face of the earth.

Michelle contacted the Boulder County police department regarding Smolich, but they seemed uninterested in pursuing the information. Continuing her investigation, Michelle discovered that Smolich had rented office space in Mesa, AZ. She drove to Mesa and staked out the building for several days, but did not see Smolich or Angie. Local police obtained a search warrant and located an address for Smolich, but when they went to the address, he had already moved out.

Angie supposedly boarded a Greyhound bus in February 2007 in Portland, OR. Later in 2007, she was seen by several photographers at photo shoots in the company of her husband/boyfriend/manager who was really William Smolich. The most notable was the Arizona Shootout 2007, a nude photo shoot held in Phoenix. She identified herself as Angela Raether at least once, and said she was registered with a modeling agency as Angel the model. The couple appeared relaxed and comfortable together. Later, a man who identified himself as Randy Albrecht and said he was Angie’s uncle (Michelle’s brother) told one of the photographers that Angie had left Las Vegas voluntarily to get away from the dysfunctional relationship she had with her mother. He also made disparaging comments about Michelle and Patrick Finger. If that IS true, Angie should at least contact her family and tell them that she is all right, and then move on with her life.

The last information the family received was in February 2008. A man who purchased a car at an auction found some of Angie’s belongings inside. He returned the items to her family but nothing proved helpful.  Angie's parents separated in 2011; the stress of searching for their missing child undoubtedly contributed to the collapse of their marriage.

The FBI is investigating her disappearance and believe that Angela is in danger and may have met with foul play. In 2008, they requested Angie’s dental records for comparison with a body found in the Las Vegas area, but apparently there was no match. Angie may be a victim of human trafficking. She may have gone with Smolich willingly at first, but may now be unable to get away from him, as she has not contacted her family in over six years. Her mother says that even if Angie was angry with her, she would never have cut off contact with her dad and her brother and sister.

Angela Marie Finger was 22 years old at time she vanished; today she is 28 years old. She is 5’7” and weighs 105 lbs., a Caucasian female with brown shoulder length hair with red highlights and hazel eyes. She usually wears contact lenses and always has her nails done in a French manicure. Her ears and navel are pierced; she has a nose ring on the right side. She has two tattoos, one on her right arm (butterfly tribal band) and another on her lower back (sun with a heart in the center and a crescent moon in the heart). Her nickname is Angie, but she may also use the aliases Jordan, Angel, Crimson Heart, or Marie.

William Matthew Smolich remains on the Most Wanted list in Colorado. He is Caucasian, 5’11” tall and weighs 196 lbs, with blond hair and brown eyes. He is considered dangerous and anyone who might see him should not attempt to apprehend him.



If you have any information, contact the FBI’s Las Vegas field office at 702/636-5033, or the Las Vegas Metro Police Department at 702/828-2907.





26 comments:

  1. I have called every police number i can find and non of the police wanted to take the info and they all passed me on to the next then the next state .... WHO IS STILL IN CHARGE OF THIS CASE ? I even called all the numbers listed on all the various MISSING sites for Her Mom...no calls back ...
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    1. Sas to hear - law enforcement seems to brush off so many missing persons cases just because the person is legally an adult. Meanwhile, the families are frantic for information.

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  2. You can contact her mother Michele Albrecht Finger in a private message on Facebook. I am a family friend who continues this search with Michele. Another year has passed and we are saddened that no positive progress has been made.

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  3. funny michele claims someone is using angelas ss number. how can that be, michele is the only identity thief in that family and has already ruined andies crdit and name.

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    1. go to hell, loser

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    2. I read on the internet about a Michelle Finger (the supposedly innocent mother) who stole over $2,000 from a bank in Las Vegas when they made a mistake and then she bragged about it on the internet. This must be her. Sounds like she should be investigated.

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  4. you cant be missing if you just dont want to be a part of michele's crazy lying world. angie just wanted to get away from her mom and dad. police cant stop an adult, thats why they dont want nothing to do with it. its a crazy controlling loonatic mother thats trying to make this something its not. its about the mother and not even her kids and husband want to be around her. SHE'S REALLY OUT THERE......

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  5. im the anonymous writer her f.y.i. randy albrecht her brother. . michele has scammed and lied to everyone and anyone. she lied to her dieing father for years to scam money from him and made his last years very rough. she should drop dead today and do the world a favor.

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    1. BINGO - I knew this Michelle was a lying scumbag - the truth finally comes out. No wonder her daughter ran away - she wasn't kidnapped.

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  6. Happy to report- Angie is home with her mom.... safe and sound. :)

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  7. angela WAS kidnapped and held prisoner. She did not want to stay away. she is happy now to not be missing..oh yeah, randy..whose bf is steve, btw, she hates and wants nothing ever to do with you. You are crazy, you all cheated me out of posessions in MY home, since it was a quarter mine. Randy..everyone hates you, so you lie, and are so bitter...your life sucks.

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    1. Angela was NOT kidnapped, she and William spent 8 years together after she left her dysfunctional family and an overbearing control freak mother on her own. No one forced her to go or stay away. ASK HER !!!

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  8. Angela is not missing. Whether or not she ever was is probably a still a subject of much debate. But at least mother and this daughter are reunited. Now we can focus our attention on still unsolved cases.

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    1. William Smolich likes this - "Pain is weakness leaving the body".

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  9. These people don't know William Matthew Smolich if they are claiming he would kidnap a girl. She willingly left her family to be with him and then decided to go back to her family. Her mother has blown it out of the water and should be locked up for false allegations. This family just goes around ruining other peoples lives with their lies! They need to be stopped and be investigated themselves.

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  10. You were lied to. Time for truth. From William Smolich.
    My name is William Smolich. It’s likely you’ve read of me, but we’ve never met. So…my favorite authors are Stuart Woods, Richard Kadrey and Dan Brown. Things I enjoy are technology, cooking, animal rescue, motorcycles and European sports cars. Friends and family mean the world to me. Bands and types of music I enjoy are The Eagles, Frank Sinatra, AC/DC, The Smiths and various classical selections. I’m not judgmental and care deeply for people. I believe in a life of laughter, happiness, spirituality and love. Thanks to all who stood by me during Michele’s on-line campaign of utter nonsense. The real truth of Angela and my 8-year relationship is NOT what you’ve been told. We shared everything of our past the first night. “That’s right Michele, she told me EVERYTHING.” Michele manipulated you all with her convincingly distraught mother act, looking for her “missing” adult daughter. For ANGELA’S reasons, she chose to leave with me when her mom found out about my past. I should have kept telling her no…I tried so hard to, but she was insistent and chose a difficult life on the run with me vs one with her controlling mother. That alone should have spoken volumes to you all. We did lie to her mom and told her my name was Craig Rather, not even the same spelling as my former friend. “I did not have or use any of your personal info, but I’m sorry for that inclusion Craig.”
    We were both what we needed, but Michele was terrified of a horrible family secret she covered up, would get out, so she took the potential spotlight off her by shining it on me. In my past, I had made a bad choice that hurt someone I cared for emotionally, then made it worse by running. I’ll regret that forever. Despite what you’ve read, everyone we met together knew Angela left to escape her mother. Why? She discouraged everything she wanted to do, including modeling. She stole her identity and destroyed her credit for years. She constantly crushed her self-esteem, AND it was worse for her brother and sister...not my story to tell. “Despite your Mother’s insanity Angie, and how much harder things got when you asked me to bring you with me, I still don’t regret a second of our life together. Even now. You saved me, made me a better person and mean everything to me. Thank you.” Everyone else…please just delete Michele and her cohorts old lies. Now they only hurt my son and innocent family members who share my name. Be kind and truthful to each other always. God bless, William Smolich.

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  11. You were lied to. Time for truth. From William Smolich.
    My name is William Smolich. It’s likely you’ve read of me, but we’ve never met. So…my favorite authors are Stuart Woods, Richard Kadrey and Dan Brown. Things I enjoy are technology, cooking, animal rescue, motorcycles and European sports cars. Friends and family mean the world to me. Bands and types of music I enjoy are The Eagles, Frank Sinatra, AC/DC, The Smiths and various classical selections. I’m not judgmental and care deeply for people. I believe in a life of laughter, happiness, spirituality and love. Thanks to all who stood by me during Michele’s on-line campaign of utter nonsense. The real truth of Angela and my 8-year relationship is NOT what you’ve been told. We shared everything of our past the first night. “That’s right Michele, she told me EVERYTHING.” Michele manipulated you all with her convincingly distraught mother act, looking for her “missing” adult daughter. For ANGELA’S reasons, she chose to leave with me when her mom found out about my past. I should have kept telling her no…I tried so hard to, but she was insistent and chose a difficult life on the run with me vs one with her controlling mother. That alone should have spoken volumes to you all. We did lie to her mom and told her my name was Craig Rather, not even the same spelling as my former friend. “I did not have or use any of your personal info, but I’m sorry for that inclusion Craig.”
    We were both what we needed, but Michele was terrified of a horrible family secret she covered up, would get out, so she took the potential spotlight off her by shining it on me. In my past, I had made a bad choice that hurt someone I cared for emotionally, then made it worse by running. I’ll regret that forever. Despite what you’ve read, everyone we met together knew Angela left to escape her mother. Why? She discouraged everything she wanted to do, including modeling. She stole her identity and destroyed her credit for years. She constantly crushed her self-esteem, AND it was worse for her brother and sister...not my story to tell. “Despite your Mother’s insanity Angie, and how much harder things got when you asked me to bring you with me, I still don’t regret a second of our life together. Even now. You saved me, made me a better person and mean everything to me. Thank you.” Everyone else…please just delete Michele and her cohorts old lies. Now they only hurt my son and innocent family members who share my name. Be kind and truthful to each other always. God bless, William Smolich.

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  12. Smolich, you're a convicted pedophile, aren't you?

    Attempted Sexual Assault on a Child by one in a position of trust (F4); and Sexual Contact-no consent (M1).

    And this "modelling" you got Angie into.. was that for your porno websites?

    Credibility = nil.

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  13. Yes - I admit to what I did and am paying the price for it and am also trying to turn my life around. Ahhh speaking of credibility - let's talk about Michelle Finger, Angela's mother. She is the one who bragged on the internet about receiving $2,,500 on her banks error and she never returned it. I also do not see her explaining all the mistakes she has made in life nor do I see her admitting to all the lies she has told about me and my family. Most importantly, I do NOT see her telling all the real dirt about her dysfunctional family (dirt that I could have released but have so far chosen not to). She is also the reason Angela left, Angela got tired of her mother totally controlling her life. Yup - Michelle has a lot of credibility all right - all negative.

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  14. I want the truth now!How old was the child? What did you do to her/him ? It won't make it better but I need to know!!!!!

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  15. I want the truth now!How old was the child? What did you do to her/him ? It won't make it better but I need to know!!!!!

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  16. Hope Thomas, How does any of this pertain to you? What role do you play n this web? Just wondering how William Smolich would owe you in all this...

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